Learning disabilities and difficulties

What is it ?

Learning disabilities or difficulties can be classified by several areas of functioning being affected due to difficulties with learning in a typical manner.

Learning disabilities include a group of disorders characterized by inadequate development of specific academic, language, and speech skills such as dyslexia (reading), dyscalculia (mathematics) and dysgraphia (writing). Without therapy people with a learning disability have trouble performing specific types of skills or completing tasks if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.

What causes a learning difficulty?

The reasons or causes for learning difficulties or disabilities is usually unknown. Specific learning difficulties can occur secondary to other identified difficulties or diagnoses however can also be with the absence of any other concern.

What we do…

Your child will be thoroughly assessed by one of our experienced paediatric Occupational Therapists. The therapist will assess age appropriate functional and academic skills including reading, visual perceptual skills, handwriting skills and problem solving skills.

  • Develop specific strategies to optimise learning in different environments including home and school
  • Improve confidence and socialisation with peers through improved motor skills
    • School readiness / preparedness
    • Assist with transition from preschool to primary school and transition from primary school to high school
    • Cognitive development through play and learning
    • Develop the required attention skills for school

What you can do

Before coming for assessment speak with your child’s teacher to determine what specific areas he or she appears to be having the most difficulties with so your therapist may prioritise intervention goals as needed. Support the transfer of strategies to the home and school environment to ensure your child’s education is supported and delivered in the most appropriate way.